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Apple says to restart Siri reviews with new controls

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Apple says to restart Siri reviews with new controls
FILE PHOTO: A customer looks at Apple's new iPhone XS after it went on sale at the Apple Store in Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district, Japan, September 21, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato   -   Copyright  ISSEI KATO(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – Apple Inc <AAPL.O> users will be able to opt out of the company reviewing their conversations with voice assistant Siri under measures announced on Wednesday to address concerns over how it holds and uses audio recordings.

Apple said it would also bring all work on “grading” – which involves people listening to Siri recordings as part of quality control – to formal Apple employees rather than external contractors.

The company earlier this month suspended its reviewing of recordings after reports that contractors reviewing the audio records regularly heard confidential information and private conversations.

(Reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; editing by Patrick Graham)

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